If you are like us, you have wondered what jewels are the most valuable and rare and that is why we compiled this list. Check out these remarkable stones.
Wallis Simpson Panther Bracelet
Value: $12.4 Million
Many people have seen the infamous panther bracelet and have seen some cheaper look-alikes. But this original was a part of Wallis Simpson’s collection. She is probably best known for her relationship with Edward VIII. It resulted in his abdication of the British throne in the 1930s. Over her life, Simpson collected many gifts from Edward. But some of those gifts ended up on the auction block in 2010.
One of the items, which caught a hefty bid, was a Cartier created bracelet. It was in the form of a panther. This is definitely one of the more unconventional jewelry pieces being that it is in the shape of a panther. The panther’s body is made of diamonds and onyx and its eyes are composed of two specially cut emeralds.
The Vivid Pink by Graff
Value: $11.8 Million
Pink diamonds are very valuable; no one is certain why pink diamonds are pink because every other color has some definitive explanation. But in this case, scientists can only hypothesize. They think that some sort of seismic shock is responsible for changing the molecular structure of these very rare gemstones. So it makes sense that the Vivid Pink Graff diamond is very valuable and made this list.
The gem is classified by the Gemological Institute of America as “fancy intense pink.” The diamond’s history is not clear. Harry Winston sold it to a private collector in the 1950s, who owned it up until 2010 until it was sold at auction. Despite its rarity, the diamond was unnamed for all this time. The centerpiece is the cushion-shaped, 5 carats, pink diamond. The diamond is of such high quality that it is given the classification of fancy vivid. On each side, as a complementary touch, you can find a “regular” shield-shaped diamond all mounted in platinum and 18k rose gold.
Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Value: $12.7 Million
Who wouldn’t want a tiara? This classically beautiful emerald and diamond tiara was created around 1900. It was originally in the possession of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck as its primary owner. The crown was commissioned by the princess’s husband and she owned it for most of her life.
It is notable for the emeralds used in its design—specifically, what makes the tiara stand out from others are the 11 rare Columbian pear-shaped emeralds at the top of the piece. In weight alone, the emeralds are said to weigh a total of 500 carats. In addition to silver, gold and several ‘smaller’ diamonds in the tiara, there are 11 large cushion-shaped diamonds.
Heart of the Kingdom Ruby Necklace
Value: $14 Million
The Heart of the Kingdom Ruby Necklace comes from The House of Garrard, which is the oldest jewelry house in the world. Up until 2007, the Crown Jeweller who was responsible for maintaining the British Crown Jewels had the necklace. You have to know that whatever they make is of the highest quality and, likely, price.
Created by Garrard, the Heart of the Kingdom ruby necklace is a very famous piece. The necklace has a large 40.63 carat Burmese ruby as its center. Accompanying the red gemstone is 155 carats of diamonds to form the necklace. It is reported that this jewelry can be turned into a tiara if you’re feeling more like a princess than an heiress.
The Bvlgari Blue
Value: $15.7 Million
The Bvlgari Blue is a rather unconventional looking diamond ring. It utilizes two different colored diamonds; the heart of the design is composed of a 10.95 carat triangular cut fancy-vivid blue diamond and a 9.87 carat triangular cut diamond. The diamonds are mounted onto a gold band. The gold band even has baguette diamonds embedded in it.
The ring was created in the early 1970s and was initially purchased for $1 million, which was definitely a lot of money then. It was going to be a gift for the wife of a European collector. But in 2010, when the ring came up for sale again, experts believed it would fetch around $12 million—not a bad haul!
Chopard Blue Diamond Ring
Value: $16.26 Million
Looking for an engagement ring? If you are and think the Chopard Blue Diamond Ring looks like a great choice, you better have several million dollars sitting around! If you haven’t heard of Chopard, it is an internationally acclaimed company that has a reputation for their high-quality jewelry.
If you know anything about jewelry, you know that blue diamonds are considered one of the rarest gemstones. They are found near boron deposits. Boron is an element that helps the diamond get its distinct color. Chopard has added triangular cut diamonds to the sides and mounted it on an 18-carat white gold band along with the oval cut diamond. Basically this ring is made up of diamonds, diamonds, and more diamonds!
The Graff Vivid Yellow
Value: $16.3 Million
Based in England, Laurence Graff and his company, Graff Diamonds, are giants in the world of jewelry. This remarkable Graff Vivid Yellow piece is straight from the Graff company. The Graff Vivid Yellow is a 100 carat (yes, 100!) yellow diamond. It is mounted in gold with diamonds on the band.
The massive yellow stone got a world record when it went up for auction. It was originally purchased by Graff in South Africa and had been a 190 carat rough diamond. In total, it took nine months of cutting to get the diamond to its diamond brilliance it is in today.
Heart of the Ocean Necklace
Value: $17 Million
If you are a fan of the movie Titanic you’ll recognize this blue diamond; the “Heart of the Ocean” was a large part of the film. It is a perfect example of life imitating art. The necklace from the movie is an iconic prop and was a necklace known as the Coeur de la Mer. If you remember the story, it was Kate Winslet’s character’s gift from her horrible fiancée. In her situation, she had to decide what was more important: to be with DiCaprio’s character or settle for what was expected of her. And we all know how that story ended.
After the film, Harry Winston, a world-renowned jeweler created a replica of the necklace using real jewels. The piece contains a 15-carat blue diamond. You may have seen Gloria Stewart, the actress who played the elderly ‘Rose’ in the film, wore the gorgeous piece to the Oscars.
The Blue Belle of Asia
Value: $17.3 Million
Another blue wonder! The Blue Belle of Asia was sold at Christie’s Geneva in 2014. It is the fourth largest faceted sapphire in history. The cushion-shaped sapphire weighs in at a whopping 392.5 carats! This carat weight set a world record for sapphire price.
If you are enchanted by the Blue Belle, you actually get more for your $17.3 million than just a massive gemstone. You can expect a stunning Ceylon sapphire and a diamond covered gold neck chain. Oh, and diamond covered tassels that extend downward from the sapphire. No big deal, right? It is a very, very sparkly piece.
1912 Cartier Diamond Brooch
Value: $17.6 Million
The 1912 Cartier Diamond Brooch is officially known as “a Belle Epoque Diamond Devant-De-Corsage Brooch by Cartier.” But we’ll stick with the shorter and simpler title for now. This diamond brooch creation contains a lot of high-quality diamonds that stunned diamond collectors around the world.
It was created in Paris in 1912 at the Henri Picq workshop. The main features of this brooch are three large stones; a pear-shaped diamond weighing in at just over 34 carats, a complementary oval-shaped diamond of 23.55 carats and a smaller marquise-shaped diamond of 6.51 carats. That is a whole lot of carats! And anyone would be honored to rock this brooch.
The Perfect Pink Diamond
Value: $23.2 Million
Pretty in pink? How about perfect in pink? This Perfect Pink Diamond, according to experts, is incredibly rare. There are fewer than 10% of pink diamonds that weigh more than 0.20 carats. In addition to this, it is also very rare for a pink diamond to have a pure color.
Most pink diamonds have some additional orange or gray tones, making it imperfect. This pink diamond is so perfect that a bidder at an auction in Hong Kong was willing to pay $23.2 million for a 14.23 carat diamond known as the Perfect Pink. Perfect Pink lives up to its name in terms of size and color purity. Knowing all of this, it’s probably not hard for you to believe this diamond holds the record for the most expensive piece of jewelry sold at auction in Asia.
The Winston Blue
Value: $23.8 Million
As we progress through this list, these jewels just get bigger and bigger! At 13.22 carats, The Winston Blue was actually marketed and sold as an engagement ring. Could you imagine being proposed to with this diamond?
Prior to 2014, only a handful of large, blue diamond’s—weighing between 10 and 12 carats—had ever been sold at auction. And all of a sudden here comes this 13+ carat monster! It arrived on the auction block at Christie’s in Geneva and was expected to bring in at least $21 million. But as you see here, it is actually valued at $23.8 million.
Chopard 201-Carat Watch
Value: $25 Million
Yes, this is technically a watch, not a “jewel.” But just take one look at this Chopard creation—it’s stunning! And hey, nowadays, most people consider watches to be very valuable jewelry. Chopard is actually known for their luxury watches. Their expertise allows them to combine timepieces and their other specialty: jewelry.
This watch is a truly interesting piece. There are 874 diamonds it total. They range in various size with the largest diamond weighing in at 15 carats. Adding that little extra wow factor is the mechanism moves the three diamonds apart, revealing the watch underneath. This watch is quite the showpiece!
The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace
Value: $27.4 million
Here comes another Cartier piece! The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite necklace has been in the possession of some famous people for many years, which is no surprise. Famous people are really the only type of people who can afford these jewels. Some of the more notable owners of this necklace included Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and Princess Nina Mdivina. Princess Nina Mdivina has an interesting story, though. It was rumored that she hid the necklace under her bed so debt collectors wouldn’t find it, which is pretty clever.
The necklace contains 27 emerald green jadeite beads. The finishing touch is a ruby, diamond, platinum and gold clasp. “Finishing touch” is right! That is pretty incredible.
The Diamond Bikini
Value: $30 Million
OK, most women aren’t that excited to wear a bikini but it is safe to say that many women would make an exception for this bikini. It’s not made of fabric and it is very revealing. It doesn’t leave much to the imagination! This $30 million diamond bikini is designed by Susan Rosen.
It is a “bikini” made up of 150 carats worth of diamonds, set in platinum. Even by bikini standards, it’s very skimpy. Sports Illustrated Model Molly Sims wore it in 2006, and definitely turned a lot of heads. Sims was a little uncomfortable with two things when wearing the bikini—the value of the bikini and the fact it didn’t really cover much of anything.
The Zoe Diamond
Value: $32.6 Million
If your name is Zoe, this diamond may be calling your name! In 2014, Rachel Mellon’s prized collection came up for auction at Sotheby’s. She was the wife of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon. The high point of her remarkable collection was the Zoe diamond. It was definitely the most sought after by potential buyers.
The Zoe stone was classified as a 9.75 carat fancy vivid blue diamond (yes, blue again!) Originally, it was expected to go for around $15 million, but the Zoe diamond shocked everyone—the winning bid came in at about twice that—a whopping $32.6 million. It is not only the most expensive blue diamond in the world but also the most expensive diamond in terms of price-per-carat ($3.3 million).
The Graff Pink
Value: $46.2 Million
Oh, we are back to a pink diamond! In 2010, auctioneers at Sotheby’s expected this particular ring to do well—but maybe, not THIS well. When it went up for sale, they had no idea it would fetch well over $40 million, making it one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry to ever exist and be purchased.
This particular ring features a 24.78 carat pink diamond. It was at one time owned by Harry Winston (yes, the same jeweler previously mentioned in this list). This ring is noted for its very rare color and this specific diamond was considered one of the greatest ever discovered.
L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace
Value: $55 Million
As we near the end of our list, we can award the L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace with the Bronze medal position on this very expensive list. It even holds a couple of records. The necklace, created by Mouawad firm, is the most valuable necklace in the world. It features the world’s largest internally flawless diamond—the 407.48-carat “Incomparable” yellow diamond.
There are also 230 carats of smaller diamonds if you weren’t impressed enough by the huge, flawless yellow diamond. What’s more amazing about this piece is its story. In the 1980s, a little girl discovered a rough 890 carat diamond in a rubble pile in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Pink Star Diamond Ring
Value: $72 Million
And the Silver medal position goes to the Pink Star Diamond Ring. The massive oval shaped diamond weighs in at 59.6 carats and was put up for auction at Sotheby’s. Would you believe the original form of this diamond was about three-times larger than this? The diamond was cut from a 132.5 carat rough diamond. It was mined by DeBeers in Africa.
Experts said its size and quality surpasses anything known to exist in private and royal collections around the world. While the value was estimated at $72 million, some people may list this piece at $83 million, which is the actual price it sold for at auction. After the auction, the new owner defaulted and the ring returned to Sotheby’s where it was revalued at $72 million.
Value: $80 Million
Coming in at #1 in price and is the Gold-medal position on this list, is the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond. Yep—Graff is on this list, yet again—and it is a final blue diamond! This piece started out as a 35.56-carat deep blue diamond. It found its way into both the Austrian and Bavarian Crown Jewels.
In 2008, Laurence Graff bought the stone for $23.4 million. He immediately started altering it and infuriated other jewelers. Graff actually ended up removing nearly 4.5 carats from the blue diamond but this enhanced its clarity and value. In 2011, it was reported that Graff has sold the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond. Someone in the Qatari royal family paid $80 million to be its new proud owner.